Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Immortal Desires by Laura Eno

Hello Indulgites, just finished up a fabulous week at the beach and now I am trying to get back into the swing of things. We had beautiful weather and a good time was had by all. The end of the summer is coming up fast and the kids will soon be returning to school and I have been trying to get them back into the going to be at a decent hour routine which has made for some grumpiness in the Berger household. They will thank me in two weeks when they aren't dragging through the last half of the school day but for now I am just "Unreasonable Mom".

Lots of exciting things happening here on the blog. Our TWO YEAR anniversary is coming up which is so hard to believe...it just boggles the mind. To celebrate we are hosting a blog hop(with PRIZES) so be sure to sign up to be a part of it, the information and link were posted here yesterday so just keep scrolling after you read this.

A few months ago I read a book from a new to me author for the TRR site and I wanted to post that review here as well because the book freakin' ROCKED! So check it out!

Immortal Desires by Laura Eno
After being dumped at the altar, Deanna Cameron seeks a fresh start in life. She gets more than she bargained for after accepting a new job, when an Immortal Guardian sends her five hundred years into the past. She can't return home and a magnificent highland warrior accuses her of being a spy.
Ian Mackay knows the beautiful woman that appears in his castle must be a spy. After all, she's a Cameron, a clan he despises. The powerful magic surrounding her obstructs his Druid senses, plus he finds he can't stay away from the temptress. But loving Deanna could come with a price too high to pay. Will she be the downfall of his clan—or its salvation?

Move over, Diana Gabaldon and Karen Marie Moning, and make room for Laura Eno! What a fantastic start to what I hope is a long running series. IMMORTAL DESIRES is one of those books that I just couldn't put down, and as soon as I was finished, I wanted more.

While this book was very much a romance, it had so many more elements that made it a great read: mystery, intrigue, feisty heroines and hot highlanders. From the strong characters to the engaging story line, this was a great read.

When Deanna is left at that altar, she needs something to snap her back into life. What better way to start over than a dream job that sounds too good to be true? So she makes the leap and starts over at Light Street Corporation, a new job and new state to live in and the chance to start over. What Deanna doesn't know is, her new boss, Robert Thornton, is actually an immortal being, a guardian to the Well of Souls and that she is one of the lost souls.

As part of her new job, Deanna is sent to Scotland, where she's to inspect a castle that has been turned into a hotel. When she sees a picture on the wall of the last laird of the castle, she feels an immediate connection and wonders if he could be the apparition that she has been dreaming about for the last month. While wondering around the cemetery, Deanna finds a brooch that transports her back in time to 1505, where not only does her dream apparition come to life, he thinks she is a spy.

Ian is an immortal druid working at Light Street Corporation that knows as soon as he sees Deanna that she is his long lost soul mate. The only problem is they were supposed to meet while he was mortal and that was 500 years ago. When Ian begs his boss not to "recycle" Deanna but send her back in time to when he was living, he sets of a series of events that no one knows the ramifications.

This story is told from a multi-dimensional point of view, jumping times and locations, which you would think would be confusing but was not. I felt it added more depth to the story line and was handled very nicely. I was never confused about what century I was in or where I was. This also had the added bonus of reliving the memories with Ian currently while they are unfolding in the past. It was a very unique way of seeing the story play out.

While the "bad" guys aren't fully developed in this first story, you get just enough to make you question who is in the right, or are both the Aeneas and the Conri just being used as pawns in a game the Gods are playing? There are definite times when I questioned who exactly was in the right.

IMMORTAL DESIRES is very well written and Ms. Eno's world building and character development are strong. Her narrative brings the surroundings to life, be it the Colorado mountains or the Scottish highlands. You can't help but fall in love with this book and especially with Deanna and Ian. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historicals, time travel and the fight for true love.

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.

This review was originally posted at The Romance Reviews.
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